Windows users can connect to Strelka using either PuTTY or MobaXterm. Connecting to Strelka requires a public/private key pair instead of a password. Follow the instructions below to install either package, set up a key pair, and connect to Strelka.
Session → SSH→ Remote host→ enter strelka.swarthmore.edu
Check Specify username→ enter your Swarthmore username (case-sensitive, use all lowercase letters)
Under Advanced SSH settings→ check Use private key→ click the file icon and navigate to the private key file (id_rsa.ppk) you generated above
Click OK to save the session settings
Connecting to Strelka
The session will be saved in a list on the left side of the window; double-click on strelka.swarthmore.edu to connect.
If off campus, start VPN before opening the connection to Strelka.
Which program should I use?
Both PuTTY and MobaXterm provide similar functionality. PuTTY is lighter-weight, whereas MobaXterm comes with many additional utilities and capabilities that most users won't need. On the other hand, MobaXterm comes with a built-in X11 server, so if you intend to use graphical applications, it is an excellent all-in-one solution, plus it has other useful features, such as an integrated SFTP file manager, making it straightforward to upload and download files to/from Strelka. In the end, it is mostly personal preference.